“Pushing the limits: 100 years of female aerobatic pilots & 50 years of women flying solo around the world”
Lidia Zvereva, First Female Aerobatic Pilot Worldwide, 1914
Lidia Zvereva (1890-1916) was the first Russian woman to earn a pilot’s licence when she received licence number 31 on August 10, 1911 at the Russian Aviation Association Flying School at Gatchina.
In 1913, thanks to a military contract, Lidia Zvereva and her husband,Vladimir Slusarenko, organized an assembly plant of Farmans and Moranes aircraft. By the summer of 1914, productivity was one-two aircraft/month. However, by 1918, the factory closed due to severe disruptions of supplies and manpower created by the revolutions.
On May 19, 1914, she became the first woman to perform an aerobatic maneuver worldwide when she executed a loop in a Morane airplane.
Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, First Woman to Fly Around The World Solo, 1964
When she was 12 years old, Geraldine Mock flew in a Ford Trimotor airplane with her father. That first flight sparked her interest in aviation and led her to pursue a degree in engineering in university. She eventually became manager of the Columbus Airport, OH.
On March 19, 1964, she took off in a 9-year old Cessna 180 in an attempt to fly around the world solo. 29 days later, she became the first woman to fly around the world solo. During the flight, she broke multiple records.
- The first woman to fly around the world was Mary Victor Bruce. She did so in 1930. However, she did not fly over oceans.
- The first woman to fly around the world, including Oceans, was Ricarda Morrow Tait in 1948. She flew with a co-pilot.